It is not the first time that China has been blamed for what many call a meat shortage.
In the 1970s, it was the only major nation to restrict its exports of meat to Africa, but this has now reversed.
The country also bans meat imports from Vietnam, which is the largest exporter of beef to the world.
In 2013, China was the world’s top importer of chicken.
But the meat shortage has been worse this year.
In China, chicken consumption fell by 2.5 percent in the first nine months of the year, according to the World Resources Institute.
That was a major reversal from the 7.7 percent drop the previous year.
The decline has also been worse in the country’s far western regions, which include Xinjiang, where China’s vast ethnic Han majority lives.
The food crisis is the latest manifestation of a growing economic crisis, which has put growing pressure on China’s already strained social safety net.